Sony may equip the PS5 game console with Samsung 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD

Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital points out that Samsung offers the PCIe 4.0 experience to the consumer market through the 980 EVO / 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD, which is likely to be used by Sony PS5 consoles. In recent years, as SSDs have become more widespread, the storage revolution has become faster and faster. Compared to the 6Gbps SATA drive, the NVMe SSD on the PCIe 4.0 x4 interface has a sequential read-write speed of 3500 MB/s and 2500 MB/s.

Sony may equip the PS5 game console with Samsung 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD

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The current flagship board has introduced support for PCIe 4.0, and NVMe SSD manufacturers have introduced new master products. With Samsung applying for two or three new trademarks, the company is also speeding up the launch of new products.

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020), we saw the 980 PRO NVMe SSD, which has a reading speed of more than 7 GB/s. However, its PRO series is still using 2-bit MLC storage units, which are expensive.

Sony may equip the PS5 game console with Samsung 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD

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In order to popularize PCIe 4.0 SSDs in the consumer market, It is clear that Samsung needs to further reduce costs. The company recently applied to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the nVMe SSD 980 EVO and 980 QVO trademarks.

This means that the company will launch the 980 EVO and 980 QVO series of affordable PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs later this year, along with the 980 PRO series, and are expected to be adopted by Sony PS5 consoles.

Sony may equip the PS5 game console with Samsung 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD

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Although there is no explicit mention of whether the two new models support PCIe 4.0 (EVO and QVO are more traditional naming), the third trademark application gives some hints.

It was submitted on January 30, 2020, and it’s hard to imagine Samsung using such bold names (perhaps with exaggerated names like The Unstoppable Speed) in new products that really support PCIe 4.0.

Sony may equip the PS5 game console with Samsung 980 QVO Series NVMe SSD

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Samsung’s EVO Series SSDs are a cost-effective mid-range product line that delivers good performance despite 3-bit TLC VNAND flash.

In terms of pricing, refer to some of the products that competitors have launched. For example, the 1TB MP600 retails for $249.99 and the Samsung 970 PRO is $349.99.

The 980 PRO may be within this price range, perhaps slightly more than. For more details, please also wait and see as it is released in Q2 2020.

As for the remaining two series, QVO is still a fairly new product line, with PCIe 4.0 support currently in the way, and even 860 QVO has only 2.5-inch SATA III drives.

It currently sells for around $149.99 per terabyte, while the Samsung NVMe SSD 980 QVO is clearly no cheaper than it is.